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My name is Erik and I am the founder of a non-profit organization founded with the purpose of teaching and researching sustainable living practices.
I am an engineer and an Earth-architect, a graduate and former faculty of Nader Khalili’s CalEarth Institute. I was the first person to fully design and get permitted a Superadobe-Earthship structure in a major US city (Las Vegas) back in 2014.
In 2016 we have purchased 2.5 acres of land in the California Mojave Desert and since that we have been working hard to create Gaia’s first campus. Since this project is operating on a shoestring budget, we are in constant need of the helping hands of sustainability-minded people. We have made great progress but still far from our goals.
If you join us, you will be able to learn hands-on about the following topics:
- Sustainable carpentry
- Structural design
- Solar electricity and hot water production.
- Starplate mini-homes (single frequency geodesic domes)
- Underground greenhouses
- Superadobe building (later stage)
- Alternative and natural cooling methods
We are 100% off the grid we have solar power, gravity-fed pressurized water, all the tools and materials necessary for the construction work. If you are compelled to do so come visit us in the California Mojave Desert near the beautiful Tecopa Hot Springs, the world famous Red Rock Canyon climbing area, and Las Vegas.
If you like it here and a rent/bills/food expense free living is appealing to you, you can become a permanent member of the egalitarian community that owns and operates this educational facility.
We are looking forward to meeting you in person whether you want to come for a week, or you want to share this beautiful piece of the desert with us as a part of our community.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will learn heaps about repurposing, reusing, sustainable carpentry, and creative reusing of stuff. Starplate/geodesic dome building, Superadobe building, and more specifically about a brand new form of superadobe vault building is a bit down the road but we will discuss principles and our master plan of superadobe bag vaults. Also you can try your hands in permaculture design and implementation. If you know what you are doing you can take complete control over your part of the project, and have room for experimenting.
We are building the structures for the purpose described in the about us section. We are experimenting with proven and newly designed building methods within the realm of superadobe building. We need a lot of help not just in the actual building but also in establishing our permaculture food production, solar energy production systems, and with our online presence and promotions.
For now, bring your own tent and gear. If necessary we can provide tents, and sleeping bags but please let us know if you need it.
Our current projects:
- Structural work on star plate (single frequency geodesic domes) tiny homes
- Interior finish work
- Kitchen cabinets
- Rocket Mass Heaters
-Solar panel array support structures
As for entertainment, for the nature lover in you we have Tecopa Hot Springs thirty minutes from us also Red Rock for great climbing is closeby, and for the artist or the wild party animal we're less than an hour from Vegas
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a functional and reliable WiFi connection from a 4G LTE service
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
So far we had so much fun creating that we have ended up working more than I thought we would. However to avoid burn out we always take at least a day off every week.